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Suzuki Swift Review

February 12, 2016


The Suzuki Swift is a stylish supermini with a complicated past. The Swift, as it’s known today, was officially born in 2000 – but has actually been around since 1983, when it was known as the Cultus. During the Swift’s long history, the model has been refined and transformed into the stylish and practical supermini it is today.

In our Suzuki Swift review, we’ll give you a no-nonsense guide to everything this model has to offer – from a peek inside the cabin to a breakdown of all the essential specs.

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Its curvy, rounded design is becoming somewhat iconic, making the Swift instantly recognisable on the road – and it’s clear that design is one of the Swift’s biggest selling factors. Taking inspiration from its predecessors, Suzuki’s design team have worked hard to hone its visual appeal and appear to have struck the perfect balance between a fun yet sophisticated body shape. Its sharp headlamps and flared, chunky bumpers give the Swift enough edge to keep up with rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

Suzuki Swift Review

Source: Marcus Ward


The Swift’s large windows and narrow pillars mean there’s plenty of light inside, making the cabin feel roomy and providing great visibility of the road – essential for tackling the narrow city streets. When combined with its high roof, there’s plenty of interior space to go around – and the rear seats can be folded when not in use to expand boost space dramatically. On top of that, the dash is kept simple, which is great for access to controls – making the Suzuki Swift a smart and practical supermini overall.


The stylish Suzuki is available in four different trim levels: the SZ2, SZ3, SZ4 and the top of the range Suzuki Swift Sport – each coming with its own suite of gadgets. The bargain entry-level model comes well-equipped – with a CD player, USB connectivity, electric windows and audio controls on the steering wheel. Step up a level or two and you’ll get features such as air conditioning, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Sat-Nav and DAB radio. The range-topping Sport also comes with sleek xenon headlights and electric folding mirrors.

Performance and handling

Nimble and intuitive, the Suzuki Swift is a gift to city drivers – with excellent grip and particularly sharp steering. Refinement is guaranteed across the lineup, and the car’s suspension handles potholes and bumps like a pro.

With the one and only diesel in the lineup being axed in 2-14, there are just two engine options available – meaning buyers can choose between the punchy 1.2-litre petrol and the 134bhp 1.6-litre alternative found inside the Suzuki Swift Sport. The latter is a no-brainer if you’re looking for thrills – taking just 8.7 seconds to make it from 0-62mph. In terms of economy, you’ll get 56.5 miles to the gallon with the entry-level 1.2-litre – and a new Dualjet version of this engine takes the mpg up to 65.7, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km (meaning you’ll pay nothing in road tax).

Suzuki Swift Sport specs

  • 0-62mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Top speed: 121mph
  • CO2: 147g/km
  • MPG: 44.1mpg
  • Price: £13,999+


The cheeky little Suzuki comes with a cheeky little price tag – making it an ideal choice for younger drivers, or those after a city runaround on a budget. New Suzuki Swift prices start at just £8,999 for the 3-door SZ2 1.2-litre petrol model – so you won’t have to break the bank to buy one of your own. Our pick of the range is the 3-door Suzuki Swift Sport, with its lively 1.6-litre engine – providing hot hatch performance at the bargain price of just £13,999.


If you want to get your hands on this super stylish supermini, The Car Loan Warehouse can help. We’re experts in Suzuki finance and our team of specialists work with dealers and lenders to find you the best car finance offer, regardless of your credit score. Whether you’re looking for a new or used Suzuki Swift, you can try our easy online car loan calculator for an instant estimate – simply select how much you want to borrow and how long you’d like to pay it back.

And if you’re worried about how a poor credit rating could affect your chances, don’t worry. Our team are experts in arranging car finance for bad credit holders – working with a diverse set of lenders to find customers the best car finance deals whatever their financial past. To find out more about how it works, check out our dedicated bad credit car finance page.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.